Ann Arbor Railroad (1988)

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Ann Arbor Railroad
Ann Arbor.png
Reporting mark AA
Locale Michigan and Ohio
Dates of operation 1988–present
Predecessor Michigan Interstate Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 50 miles (80 km)
Headquarters Howell, Michigan
Ann Arbor Railroad (Main Line)
To Yuma
Osmer Interchange
AA-GLC interchange stop (going south)
WALLY Osmer Station (Proposed)
AA-GLC interchange stop (going north)
Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northeastern To S. Lyon
To Chicago
To Detroit
Ann Arbor(now a preschool)
To Ypsilanti
New York Central Ypsilanti-Hillsdale Line
← Saline Branch Line
Norfolk Southern
Milan Yard
Dundee Cement
Canadian National
Indiana and Ohio Railroad
Michelin Tire Plant
Toledo Terminal Railroad
Toledo North Assembly Plant
Ottawa Yard
Norfolk Southern
Ann Arbor Railroad (Saline Branch Line)
To Detroit, MI
Norfolk Southern
To Kalamazoo, MI
New York Central Railroad Ypsilanti-Hillsdale Line
Junction with Main Line
To Ann Arbor, MI
To Toledo, OH
To Hillsdale, MI

The Ann Arbor Railroad (reporting mark AA) is a Class III shortline railroad that operates 50 miles (80 km) of railroad from Toledo to Ann Arbor in the lower peninsula of Michigan and northernmost tip of Ohio. The main route from Toledo to Ann Arbor was once part of the original Ann Arbor Railroad that ran from Toledo to Frankfort. The current AA began operations on the 7th of October, 1988, as the successor to the Michigan Interstate Railway Company. The AA was an independent shortline railroad until the 26th of January, 2013, when the holding company, AAAC, was purchased by WATCO.[1]


The current day AA operates approximately (50 miles or 80 kilometres) of the former Ann Arbor Railroad (1895-1976) from Ottawa Yard in Toledo to an interchange with the Great Lakes Central Railroad just north of Ann Arbor in Osmer. The railroad operates a branch line from Pittsfield to Saline that is part of the former New York Central Railroad's Ypsilanti-Hillsdale route. The majority of the AA's freight traffic includes shipments of sand and grain interchanged with the GLC and automotive related freight traffic. The Saline Industrial Lead originates automotive parts manufactured by Faurecia. In Toledo, the AA ships outbound finished vehicles from Chrysler's Toledo Complex and from a distribution lot located off of Manhattan Boulevard.

Locomotive Roster[edit]

The AA has a small variety of EMD locomotives. The current roster includes three GP39-2 models, a GP38 model, and a GP40-2 model. The GP39-2s, of Union Pacific and MKT heritage, are numbered 2368, 2370, and 2373. The GP40-2, of Conrail and Union Pacific heritage, is numbered 1337. The GP38, also of Conrail heritage, is numbered 7802. Locomotives 2370 and 1337 were acquired in December 2011. AA 1337 was acquired from LTEX as LTEX 1337, ex-Union Pacific 1337. AA 2370 was acquired from the New England Southern Railroad. In May 2012, the AA retired two of the three GP38s on the roster at the time, numbers 7771 and 7791. The two GP38s were sent to Larry's Truck And Electric Service in McDonald, OH, where they are now LTEX 3811 and LTEX 3812. Their numberboards and "Ann Arbor" were blacked out, and the Ann Arbor Railroad's circle logo were painted over in white with black LTEX numbering and reporting marks. They are still on the lot, spotted out on a June 27th, 2014 trip.


Former Interchanges[edit]


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